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VELLUM PRINTING). LEAVES, OFFERED INDIVIDUALLY, FROM A BOOK OF HOURS PRINTED ON VELLUM
ALL WITH LIVELY BORDERS, AND SOME WITH FINELY HAND-COLORED MINIATURES
Paris: Simon Vostre, ca. 1502 [calendar 1502-20]. 177 x 112 mm. (7 x 4 3/8"). Each leaf with at least a few (and some with many) one-line initials painted in gold on a red or blue ground, occasional two-line initial similarly painted, rectos and versos with FULL METALCUT BORDERS incorporating various floral motifs, acanthus, animals, putti, grotesques, biblical scenes, and imagery from the Dance of Death, THESE LEAVES EACH WITH A FULL-PAGE MINIATURE, MOST FROM THE LIFE OF THE VIRGIN OR KING DAVID, set within a gold architectural frame, ALL MINIATURES AND INITIALS BEAUTIFULLY PAINTED BY HAND; the miniatures painted, with some liberties taken, over printed metalcuts. Bohatta 745; Van Praet I, 161. Full-page miniatures trimmed close at top and fore edges (just barely grazing the gold frame in a few cases), paint on a few miniatures with a hint of rubbing here and there, a touch of yellowing to edges of vellum, occasional marginal blemishes, but the vast majority of leaves IN BEAUTIFUL CONDITION, THE MINIATURES EXQUISITELY PAINTED and on the whole very fresh and deeply hued. These leaves offer an array of lively and highly detailed metalcut scenes, from their border vignettes with a myriad of interesting images to the several splendid hand-painted miniatures, and taken as a whole, they comprise some of the finest examples from a printed Book of Hours that we have offered for sale. The uncolored borders, appearing on each recto and verso (except those pages with full-page miniatures), contain scenes that range from the delightful to the disturbing: jolly hunting parties and … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Phillip J. Pirages Rare Books (ABAA) [McMinnville, OR, U.S.A.]

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